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Good afternoon, folks.

Welcome along to our liveblog for Munster’s vital Heineken Champions Cup clash with Racing 92 in Paris.

It’s a must-win game for Munster in their bid to reach the knockout stages.

We’ll keep you posted on all the major moments throughout the game, which kicks off at 3.15pm Irish time.

Here’s how the teams will line up…

Racing 92:

15. Brice Dulin
14. Teddy Thomas
13. Virimi Vakatawa
12. Henry Chavancy
11. Juan Imhoff
10. Finn Russell
9. Teddy Iribaren

1. Eddy Ben Arous
2. Camille Chat
3. Ben Tameifuna
4. Boris Palu
5. Dominic Bird
6. Wenceslas Lauret
7. Bernard Le Roux
8. Antonie Claassen

Replacements:

16. Teddy Baubigny
17. Hassane Kolingar
18. Cedate Gomes Sa
19. Donnacha Ryan
20. Fabien Sanconnie
21. Maxime Machenaud
22. Ben Volavola
23. Olivier Klemenczak

Munster:

15. Mike Haley
14. Andrew Conway
13. Chris Farrell
12. Rory Scannell
11. Keith Earls
10. JJ Hanrahan
9. Conor Murray

1. Dave Kilcoyne
2. Niall Scannell
3. Stephen Archer
4. Jean Kleyn
5. Billy Holland
6. Peter O’Mahony (captain)
7. Jack O’Donoghue
8. CJ Stander

Replacements:

16. Kevin O’Byrne
17. Jeremy Loughman
18. John Ryan
19. Arno Botha
20. Chris Cloete
21. Craig Casey
22. Dan Goggin
23. Shane Daly   

As a matter of fact there’s a change on the Racing 92 bench. Baptiste Chouzenoux is in for former Munster man Donnacha Ryan, who’s suffering from a stomach bug.

Racing 92 0-0 Munster

The game is underway.

2Mins

Racing 92 0-0 Munster

Munster enjoying a sustained period of possession early on.

 

4Mins

Racing 92 0-3 Munster

Good start for Munster culminates with JJ Hanrahan slotting over a confidence-boosting penalty from in front of the posts.

 

 

5Mins

Racing 92 0-3 Munster

Teddy Thomas thought he was in for a try for Racing there but referee Wayne Barnes had already blown up for a scrum.

 

8Mins

Racing 92 0-3 Munster

Russell’s pass is dropped by Imhoff just inside Racing’s half. Scrum to Munster.

 

10Mins

Racing 92 0-3 Munster

Racing wheel the scrum around and Munster have a penalty.

 

11Mins

Racing 92 0-6 Munster

A much more difficult kick than the first one but Hanrahan makes it two from two nevertheless. They’ll be very pleased with this start.

 

14Mins

Racing 92 0-6 Munster

Questions being asked of the Munster defence now as Racing try and force their way into the opposition’s 22.

15Mins

Racing 92 0-6 Munster

Racing are sloppy again, however, and Munster get a scrum from which the ball is sent into Racing territory.

 

17Mins

Racing 92 0-6 Munster

Racing on the back foot as they defend their own line with Munster going through the phases.

 

18Mins

Racing 92 0-6 Munster

A Racing infringement at the breakdown gives Munster another penalty in front of the posts.

18Mins

Racing 92 0-9 Munster

Hanrahan makes no mistake to increase Munster’s lead.

 

20Mins

Racing 92 0-9 Munster

Kleyn penalised for impeding the runner and Racing will have a chance to get off the mark.

 

19Mins

Racing 92 3-9 Munster

Iribaren splits the posts to open Racing’s account.

 

22Mins

Racing 92 3-9 Munster

Vakatawa gathers Russell’s chip over the top and brings Racing into a promising position, but again the home side are unable to capitalise.

 

25Mins

Racing 92 3-9 Munster

Danger for Munster as Russell darts towards the line but O’Mahony comes to the rescue with a brilliant tackle!

28Mins

Racing 92 3-9 Munster

Vakatawa making plenty of yards for Racing now. The home side have their dander up.

29Mins

Racing 92 3-9 Munster

Haley saves Munster’s bacon after Russell kicked through for Imhoff to chase.

30Mins

Racing 92 3-9 Munster

Vakatawa drops Iribaren’s pass but Racing recover the ball, Iribaren sends a huge pass out wide to Thomas and it looks like a Racing try. The TMO is first checking for a potential Vakatawa knock-on.

30Mins

Racing 92 8-9 Munster

“It’s tight,” says Wayne Barnes, but the try is given.

Iribaren, who set it up with an outrageous pass, is unable to add the extras so Munster retain the lead.

32Mins

Racing 92 11-9 Munster

O’Mahony is penalised and Iribaren kicks Racing into the lead.

35Mins

Racing 92 11-9 Munster

Munster awarded a penalty just inside the Racing half but Hanrahan’s effort sails to the left of the posts.

 

38Mins

Racing 92 11-14 Munster

What a huge moment! Racing had the Munster defence stretched and they looked certain to score a try, but Chavancy’s pass was intercepted by Conway, who then ran the length of the pitch to score for the visitors.

39Mins

Racing 92 11-16 Munster

Hanrahan converts and Munster lead by five as we approach the interval.

 

 

Racing 92 11-16 Munster

Munster will be very satisfied with how the scoreboard looks as they head into the changing rooms. It’s finely poised in Paris so join us shortly for the second half.

Racing 92 11-16 Munster

The teams are back out on the pitch.

41Mins

Racing 92 11-16 Munster

The game has resumed.

43Mins

Racing 92 11-16 Munster

Promising start to the second half for Munster is halted as they’re penalised inside the Racing 22. Looked like a neck roll from Archer.

44Mins

Racing 92 11-16 Munster

Thomas attempts to kick through for Vakatawa to chase but Haley makes an important block.

45Mins

Racing 92 11-16 Munster

Racing turning the screw here as they aim to regain the lead.

47Mins

Racing 92 14-16 Munster

Munster deemed offside so it comes back for a Racing penalty, which Iribaren converts.

49Mins

Racing 92 14-16 Munster

Earls and O’Donoghue bring Munster into Racing’s half with a couple of superb carries. Russell is penalised at the breakdown, presenting Hanrahan which a chance to kick for three points.

 

50Mins

Racing 92 14-19 Munster

A very well executed kick by Hanrahan restores Munster’s five-point lead.

 

54Mins

Racing 92 17-19 Munster

Murray coughs up a penalty, which Iribaren slots over to leave two between the teams again.

56Mins

Racing 92 17-19 Munster

Conway chases his own kick in search for a second Munster try but Dulin dots down after getting there first.

 

57Mins

Racing 92 17-19 Munster

Concern for Munster as Russell cuts through the defence. O’Donoghue is penalised at the breakdown, presenting Racing with a chance to go ahead.

 

58Mins

Racing 92 20-19 Munster

Iribaren makes no mistake and Racing are in the lead.

 

60Mins

Racing 92 20-19 Munster

Another testing kick through by Conway forces Iribaren to kick the ball out of play a couple of yards shy of the Racing line. Great position for Munster to be in.

 

60Mins

Racing 92 20-19 Munster

Munster knocking at the door here. 

61Mins

Racing 92 20-19 Munster

Farrell forces his way over but it looks like he was held up by Vakatawa. 

Munster scrum.

 

64Mins

Racing 92 20-19 Munster

Kleyn’s drive for the line comes up short. Murray then looks for Holland, who knocks on. However, it’s been brought back for a Munster penalty and they’ll go for the posts.

 

65Mins

Racing 92 20-22 Munster

From straight in front of the posts, Hanrahan kicks Munster back into the lead.

 

68Mins

Racing 92 20-22 Munster

Good passage of Munster play is almost scuppered by a bad pass from Niall Scannell as he looked for his brother Rory. However, they’ve recovered possession. Decent bit of momentum behind Munster at the moment.

 

70Mins

Racing 92 20-22 Munster

Niall Scannell loses the ball forward and Racing send it deep into Munster territory.

71Mins

Racing 92 20-22 Munster

Increased sense of urgency about Racing now following the introduction of the energetic Maxime Machenaud.

 

72Mins

Racing 92 20-22 Munster

Racing hammering away and they’ve got a penalty in the back pocket. 

72Mins

Racing 92 20-22 Munster

Try for Racing? The TMO is checking the grounding on another potential Teddy Thomas score.

 

72Mins

Racing 92 20-22 Munster

The TMO is also checking for offside, Barnes wondering if Thomas was ahead of Russell when the out-half kicked to the corner. But it looks fine on that front.

 

73Mins

Racing 92 25-22 Munster

A brilliant kick by Finn Russell and Teddy Thomas did superbly to finish it off. Machenaud missed the conversion so there are three points between the teams as we head down the stretch.

75Mins

Racing 92 25-22 Munster

Munster in possession but struggling to gain ground. They’re then penalised at the breakdown on halfway. Big turnover for Racing.

77Mins

Racing 92 30-22 Munster

Killer blow for Munster. Racing spread the ball wide and Vakatawa finds a gap to score the try that his performance deserved.

78Mins

Racing 92 32-22 Munster

Machenaud converts to stretch the gap to 10 points.

80Mins

Racing 92 39-22 Munster

Imhoff seals the bonus point at the death, with Machenaud converting.

Racing 92 have booked their place in the quarter-finals but Munster are extremely unlikely to join them there now. Despite leading for long spells in this game, they go home empty-handed.

About the author:

Paul Dollery

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